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Midterm Elections 2014: ‘Battle of the Brands’ (1565)

Political observers say there’s no clear-cut issue that stands out to galvanize voters for the November elections.

09/23/2014 Comments (10)

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State’s atrocities against Christians and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria, as well as Russian aggression in Ukraine, have catapulted foreign policy into the fore as a leading issue for Catholics — as for other voters — in the 2014 midterm elections.

“This particular midterm election has several very dramatic issues that are hanging in the air, those being immigration, ISIS and the Ukraine, and these are not issues that will necessarily unite Catholic voters in a certain direction,” said Deal Hudson, the former director of Catholic outreach for the Republican National Committee under President George W. Bush.

Hudson told the Register that the traditional...READ MORE

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Cardinal Burke: Rumor Mill Seeks to Undermine Synod on the Family (8294)

Media outlets with a bias against the Church are fueling expectations of a change in Church teaching, ‘which is impossible,’ the cardinal said.

09/23/2014 Comments (36)
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Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, speaks with CNA Sept. 15.

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VATICAN CITY — Next month’s synod on the family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that impossible changes will be made to Church doctrine, said the head of the Church’s highest court.

“I don’t think you have to be brilliant to see that the media has, for months, been trying to hijack this synod,” said Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura — the office which, among other things, handles annulment cases in the Church.

In particular, he told CNA in a recent interview, the media has been presenting Pope Francis as being in favor of allowing holy Communion to be distributed to those who are...READ MORE

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Criticism of Abortion Funding in Obamacare Crosses Party Lines (1480)

Legislators on both sides of the aisle criticized the lack of transparency in the Affordable Care Act.

09/23/2014 Comments (5)

Protesters stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.


WASHINGTON — Pro-life Republicans and Democrats alike have voiced condemnation for the findings of a recent report showing that federal subsidies are funding abortion coverage in the Affordable Care Act.

“All of this is completely unacceptable,” stated Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., co-chairman of the Bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus.

“Now, we see that provisions that were included in the law in regard to taxpayer funding of abortion and the promise of every American having the ability to purchase a plan on the exchange that didn’t cover abortion have not been implemented.”

The report was released Sept. 15 by the Government Accountability Office, a nonpartisan government watchdog. It...READ MORE

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Christians and Muslims Can Bring Light to Middle-East Darkness (2308)

Coptic Pope Tawadros II’s representative at the In Defense of Christians summit lays out what must be done to bring healing and reconciliation to end the persecutions and hatreds fueling the region’s conflicts.

09/23/2014 Comments (13)

Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church

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WASHINGTON — Egypt’s Christians bring a valuable perspective when it comes to building bridges with Muslim leaders and working for peace, reconciliation and religious equality in the Middle East. They have faced down extremist violence and worked successfully with Muslim leaders in ways that could give hope to the rest of the Middle East.

Pope Tawadros II’s personal representative, Bishop Angaelos of the Coptic Orthodox Church, spoke to the Register in a wide-ranging interview after the historic inaugural summit held Sept. 9-11 in Washington. The summit was sponsored by the advocacy organization In Defense of Christians.

Bishop Angaelos addressed vital questions touching on the historic...READ MORE

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Ex-Imam: God Saved Me from Death after Christian Conversion; The Cry of the Poor; Francis and More! (2317)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/23/2014 Comment

Click on Ex-Imam: God Saved Me from Death after Christian Conversion via CNA link to read more.

Ex-Imam: God Saved Me from Death after Christian Conversion via CNA – BigPulpit.com

Nun: Misery of Iraqi Christians Pierced My Heart Like a Knife – Doreen Abi Raad, The Catholic Herald

The Cry of the Poor – Melissa Seihan, Ignitum Today

Front Row With Pope Francis: The Church and Mercy – Melanie Jean Juneau, Catholic Lane

'Gay Marriage' Affects You Personally, Even If You're Not Gay Nor Married by Joshua Bowman - BigPulpit.com

Sean Cardinal O’Malley: Pope Francis Brings Hope – Michael O’Loughlin, Crux

Killer Grandparents – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Catholic Stand

Saint John Chrysostom and Pope Francis: What They Have in Common – Jessica Archuleta, Catholic Exchange

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What Does the Church Teach About the Devil? (5191)


09/22/2014 Comments (29)

St. Michael vanquishes Satan, as depicted by Italian artist Guido Reni’s altarpiece in Santa Maria della Concezione Church in Rome.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Last spring, Father Michael Drea, the senior Catholic chaplain at Harvard University, read a text message from a student, who reported that a Satanic “black mass” would be held on the Cambridge campus in early May.

The chaplain and his flock quickly launched a campaign to stop the event that gained national attention and ultimately resulted in the cancellation of the black mass at Harvard, while a Holy Hour scheduled for the same evening drew thousands.

“We wanted to promote an understanding of the power of evil in the world, but we also wanted to promote the Eucharist and explain how this is so central to who we are,” Father Drea told the Register.

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One Family's Ordeal with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, A New App-reciation for Faith and Much More! (1165)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/22/2014 Comment

Click on One Family’s Ordeal with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome by William Van Ornum link to read more.

One Family’s Ordeal with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome by William Van Ornum – BigPulpit.com

A New App-reciation for Faith on the Go – Sarah Reinhard, OSV Newsweekly

Pope Francis and a U. N. of Religions – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Under Mary’s Holy Name: Victory in Vienna, 1683 – Christopher Check, Catholic Answers

Anti-Christian Hate Crime by Muslims Here in America by Donald R. McClarey JD - BigPulpit.com

Why Benedict’s Regensburg Lecture Remains Relevant – Dusty Gates, Crisis Magazine

The Red Sword of ISIS – Howard Duncan, Catholic Stand

The Crisis in Iraq? What Is the Christian Response? – Aleteia∝

On Bodies, Relics & Canonization – Emily C. Hurt, Ignitum Today


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Filipinos Turn to Prayer as Volcano Forces Mass Evacuations (1477)

The government has forcibly evacuated more than 27,000 residents from a four-mile radius around the volcano.

09/22/2014 Comment
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Mount Mayon

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LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines — Residents near the restive Mayon volcano in the Philippines are turning to prayer as the mountain begins to erupt, and the nation’s Catholic charity agency is preparing to help those whose lives are disrupted.

A lava dome appeared at the top of Mayon volcano last month, and on Sept. 15, increased rockfall and seismic activity led the Philippine Institute of Volcanology to raise the alert level to three (on a scale of zero to five), which indicates high unrest, magma at the volcano’s crater and a possible hazardous eruption within weeks.

The government has forcibly evacuated more than 27,000 residents from a four-mile radius around the volcano.

On Friday, there...READ MORE

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